August 31, 2001

78th Frasers Squeak Out Maxville Victory

Maxville, Ontario – August 4, 2001 – The 78th Fraser Highlanders just barely managed a victory at the North American Championships here today with a win on ensemble preference over the Toronto Police, which finished second. City of Washington finished third in Grade 1, with Celtic Flair in fourth, with four bands in the grade.

Toronto Police reportedly had five first placings from a total of eight judges over the Medley and MSR events. The band won the Medley.

Grade 2 was won by the Fredericton Society of St. Andrew Pipe Band of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Both the Windsor Police and Niagara Police were favoured to take the grade. The grade featured 13 bands, with one judge saying that several could easily have won the event.

In the solo piping, Bruce Gandy of Summerside, PEI, won Piper of the Day honours, breaking a tie with Michael Grey of Dundas, Ontario, by winning the piobaireachd event. Over 30 competitors played in the Professional Solo Piping.

Conditions were cooler than the Friday, but bands still had to contend with intense sunshine on a dusty park.

Grade 1
North American Champions: 78th Fraser Highlanders
2nd Toronto Police
3rd City of Washington
4th Celtic Flair

Grade 2
1st Fredericton Society of St. Andrew
2nd Niagara Regional Police
3rd Robert Malcolm Memorial Sr.
4th Windsor Police
5th Dartmouth
6th North Coast

Grade 3
1st Midlothian & Metropolitan
2nd Hamilton Police
3rd Chicago Caledonian
4th Toronto Police
5th Monaghan
6th St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg

Grade 4
1st Lakeridge
2nd 8th Wing
3rd Windsor Police
4th Tulach Ard
5th St. Thomas
6th Ulster Scottish

Professional Solo Piping
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Andrew Berthoff, Toronto
3rd Andrew Hayes, Ottawa
4th John Angus Smith, England
5th Michael Grey

1st Colin Clansey
2nd Bruce Gandy
3rd Andrew Berthoff
4th Andrew Hayes
5th Michael Grey

Strathspey & Reel
1st Colin Clansey
2nd Ian K. MacDonald
3rd Michael Grey
4th Adrian Melvin, Pittsburgh
5th Bruce Gandy

1st Michael Grey
2nd Ian K. MacDonald
3rd Glenn Brown, Milton, Ont.
4th James Troy Jr., Victoria, BC
5th Andrew Hayes


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